Scottish International Film Education Conference 2019

The Scottish International Film Education Conference is a UK-based initiative exploring how teachers and other educators work with film in diverse contexts around the world, committed to involving other participants - policy-makers, academics, researchers, cultural agencies and film-makers - in that conversation.

The 2019 edition will explore diverse perspectives on film education from Glasgow, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Africa, Sweden, Germany and beyond; and from different perspectives within the film education process - from class-room teachers, filmmakers, policy-makers and academics.

The conference is organised in partnership with the Film Education Journal, the world’s only publication dedicated to film pedagogy, and receives the support from Screen Scotland, British Film Institute, Edinburgh College of Art, and Africa in Motion Film Festival.

The event is happening on Friday 14 June and is free to attend. You can reserve your place on EventBrite.

Gaston, teachers, students and Jamie at the Film Education Journal


09.30: Welcome, Dr Jamie Chambers (Edinburgh College of Art; general editor, FEJ)

09.45: Papers from the Film Education Journal

Past and prospective authors published in the Film Education Journal explore short papers on film education, including:

  • Malena Janson (Stockholm University) - 'Moulding the democractic citizen of the future: film education in Sweden'
  • Dr Steve Connolly (University of Bedfordshire) - 'What do film teachers need to know about cognitivism?'
  • Professor Petra Anders (Humboldt University, Berlin) - 'Getting a bigger picture: teaching film in a migrant society'

This panel will be hosted by Professor Andrew Burn (University College London; editor FEJ).

11.00: Coffee

11.30 - 12.45: Film Education in Africa

This panel event will explore diverse perspectives on film education in Africa from across the continent, featuring celebrated, authoritative voices within African film culture:

  • Eric Kabera (Rwanda Film Centre)
  • Firdoze Bulbulia (Zanzibar International Film Festival)
  • Imruh Bakari (University of Winchester)

The panel will be hosted by Dr Lizelle Bischoff (University of Glasgow) and is presented in partnership with Edinburgh College of Art and Africa in Motion Film Festival.

12.45 - 14.15: Lunch

14.15 - 15.30: The Filmmaker in Film Education

This panel event will explore the perspectives of practicing filmmakers, teaching film within educational environments, featuring:

  • Gideon Koppel (Manchester School of Art, award-winning director of Sleep Furiously)
  • Emma Davie (Edinburgh College of Art, award-winning director of I Am Breathing)
  • Jamie Chambers (Edinburgh College of Art, award-winning director of Blackbird)

The panel will be hosted by Dr Jonathan Murray (Edinburgh College of Art).

15.30 - 16.00: Coffee

16.00 - 17.30 Using Film in the Classroom: Glasgow

This panel event will explore some of the diverse ways in which film is being used in classrooms across Glasgow, from the teachers and practitioners involved.

Panelists will include:

  • Michael Daly exploring his secondary school work with Into Film at John Paul Academy
  • Shona Thomson (Kind of Seeing) discussing her work with archive on the Our Maryhill Project with John Paul Academy
  • Yasmin Al-Hadithi exploring her work on the Understanding Cinema project with Glendale Primary School
  • Dr David Archibald (University of Glasgow), and Professor Stephen Driscoll (University of Glasgow) discussing their award-winning film Govan Young made with Pirie Park Primary

This panel will be hosted by Mark Reid (British Film Institute; editor FEJ).

After the day's core activities, conference attendees are also warmly invited to attend the following screening, which will take place later the same day in the Gilmorehill Cinema, organised by partners in Africa in Motion.

19.30 - 22.00: Film Screening and Director Q&A

The Psychosis of Whiteness is a powerful documentary shedding light on society's perceptions of race and racism by exploring cinematic representations of the slave trade. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director, Eugene Nulman. You can register here: